EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

2013- present Associate Professor, SMU Dallas

2010- 2013                  Research Associate Professor, CERI, U of Memphis

2006- 2010                  Research Assistant Professor, CERI, U of Memphis

2004-2005                   Associate Researcher, Rice University

2000-2004                   Postdoctoral Associate, Rice University

2000                            Ph.D., Earth Sciences, University of Perugia, Italy.

1994                            M.S., Geology, University of Perugia, Italy.

 

SERVICE TO IRIS AND IRIS COMMUNITY

Member, PASSCAL Standing Committee (2009-2011)

IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lecturer (2011)

Member, IRIS Undergraduate Internship Selection Committee (2012)

Instructor, Earthscope USArray Data Analysis Short Course (2013)

Mentor, IRIS Undergraduate Summer Internship(2009, 2011)

Instructor, IRIS Undergraduate Internship Orientation(2010)

Member, SSA Board of Directors (2013-present)

Member, AGU Tectonophysics Program Committee (2011-present)

Organizer, IRIS annual meeting plenary session (2010)

IRIS Representative, University of Memphis (2008-2013)

 

STATEMENT

The approval of the five-year Cooperative Agreement has sanctioned the unique role IRIS plays globally in monitoring Earth’s motions, in sustaining free and open access to data, in developing and maintaining a reserve of portable instruments to image our planet’s interior, in enabling the implementation of Earthscope, and in bringing science and awareness from the research labs to classrooms and living rooms. We have been doing this for decades and we are getting very good at it. TheIRIS communityhas expanded in new directions, explored new research horizons and developed multidisciplinary approaches, creative ideas and an ever-expanding skillset. The IRIS facility has, sometimes slowly, evolved with the growing demand of the Consortium.

But if we are toensure the continued health of IRIS, we can’t just preserve the status quo, we need to make sure that IRIS maintains a limber outlook to face the growing challenges posed by our planet’s vulnerability to natural hazards and by the fragile geopolitical landscape. It is clear that within new challenges lie new opportunities. Earthquakes triggered by new techniques for hydrocarbon exploitation and CO2 sequestration offer the opportunity to break down the barriers between traditionally divorced methods, to open new collaborations,and, with them, new funding avenues.The completion of Earthscope unlocks new resources that can be utilized to broaden our footprint to the oceans and/or to address different targets. Transformative science can be enabled by developing new portable instruments that allow sampling of the wavefield through unaliased arrays.Ultimately IRIS’ futurehinges on its ability to embrace a cross-field strategy,to create an integrative program relevant to multiple disciplines that will keep pace with the evolving forefront of research, facilitate the diversification our funding options, and engage the greater community.